MUSA132-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Musics of the World

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


This course explores musical traditions from a range of geographical regions and introduces key concepts for the study of music in culture.

Music is a key component of all global and local cultures. This course introduces students to a variety of musical traditions from around the world and explores the relationship between music, history, and culture. In this course, you will learn to think and write about music and musical traditions—including your own—in a global context. You will also gain hands-on experience participating in a number of world music traditions. Our global journey in this course will explore the music of the Caribbean, Brazil, West Africa, India, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific.

Learning Outcomes

· Analyse music aurally using the concepts of pitch, rhythm, texture, and timbre
· Demonstrate an understanding of ethnomusicological classifications for musical instruments
· Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between musical practice and cultural context
· Demonstrate an understanding of the effect of cultural and social change on music making practices
· Navigate a variety of information systems, including the university library’s website, catalogs, and databases, in order to access information in various formats
· Critically evaluate sources for quality, relevance, and perspective, in order to select information most appropriate for assignments
. Communicate effectively about musical practices and traditions in an academic and public context

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 Elsie Locke 104A
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 443
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 Jack Erskine 111
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun

Course Coordinator

Francis Yapp


Justin DeHart and Roger Buckton


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Reflective Essay 20%
Research Essay 30%
Quizzes 50% 4 LEARN Quizzes (50% total)

Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.

Textbooks / Resources

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Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $916.00

International fee $4,488.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts .

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